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Hexadecimal Values Changed When Imported from .CSV File

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This article describes how hexadecimal numbers, alphanumeric entries, and numerical entries are interpreted when you import them into Microsoft Excel.

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Hexadecimal Numbers

Hexadecimal numbers may not be correctly interpreted when you import them into Excel. Because Excel reads certain hexadecimal numbers, such as 06E2, as scientific notation, the hexadecimal number 06E2 will be imported as 6.00E+02 or as 600 in the decimal format.

You can maintain a hexadecimal number's original format by selecting the text option found under "Column Data Format" in Step 3 of 3 of the Text Import Wizard. The Wizard will automatically start when opening a text file.


Alphanumeric entries, in which "e" or "E" is the only alpha character in the string and "e" or "E" is not the first or last character in the string, are interpreted as exponential numbers. For example, 123E4 will be interpreted as 123*(10)^4

To have this number interpreted as text, it also must be entered as ="123E4" in the text file.


A numeric entry in the file, such as "1234," is imported as a number, not as text, and is aligned to the right.

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Article ID : 66033
Revision : 4
Created on : 9/19/2011
Published on : 9/19/2011
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